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to criminal charges. also tonight, the weather emergency unfolding at this hour. drivers trapped, families rescued from rooftops. alerts across 19 states. and the new concern, the system on new year's eve. the breaking developments from mexico tonight. the texas teenager, allowed to stay for now, but what we've just learned about his mother. our reporter is right there. the plane crash. authorities say the husband who flew his plane into his wife's office building. the fbi now on the scene. and tonight, where they've just canceled new year's celebrations, because of a terror threat. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin with bill cosby. america has been watching his stunning fall in slow motion, and tonight, a turning point. for the first time, criminal charges for sexual assault. stepping out of that suv today,
arm. as he then makes his way into a small courtroom in pennsylvania. unsteady on his feet as he walks over the curb here, on his way into the courtroom. going before the judge, later taken to the police department, fingerprinted and tonight, free on $1 million bail. this evening, we are learning more about the woman behind the charges, and what she says happened. and why this time, there were criminal charges. abc's ryan smith was in the courtroom. >> reporter: tonight, a frail bill cosby walking into a criminal court. the once venerated comedian appearing before a pennsylvania judge to face a charge of aggravated indecent assault of this woman -- andrea constand. >> these charges stem from a sexual assault that took place on an evening in early 2004, at mr. cosby's home in cheltenham township, montgomery county. >> reporter: cosby met constand through her job with the temple university basketball team.y he gave her
"herbal", saying they would "make her feel good and take the edge off", calling them "three friends to help her relax" and asked her to "taste the wine." within minutes, "she began experiencing blurred vision and difficulty speaking." cosby then telling her to lie down, according to the criminal complaint, and assaulted her while she remained "frozen" and "paralyzed." criminal charges were not filed at the time. constand later filed a civil suit against cosby. but that ended in a confidential settlement. depositions from that case were unsealed this past july. there, cosby insists the pills were "benadryl," describing the encounter with constand as "consensual." still, iwas those depositions that led prosecutors to now file criminal charges. >> reopening this case was our duty. >> reporter: authorities in pennsylvania brought the felony charge today, as the 12-year statute of limitations will run out next month. lawyers for other accusers hope this will help their cases, as well. more than 50 women have accused
drugging or rape, which he has consistently denied. >> this is a stunning development. clearly now, they believe they have new evidence and new ammunition that they think can convict bill cosby. >> reporter: cosby was released on $1 million bail. his mug shot was taken. he was fingerprinted. had to surrender his passport and was ordered not to contact the victim. cosby's lawyers tonight releasing a statement to abc news, saying, "make no mistake. we intend to mount a vigorous defense against this unjustified charge." >> and ryan smith is now with us live from pennsylvania. ryan, you were inside that courtroom, that final message from the judge? >> reporter: that final message, david, "good luck, sir." and cosby answered that question, "thank you." his next court appearance, david, january 14th. >> ryan smith leading us off tonight. ryan, thank you. and as you heard ryan mention there, more than 50 women have now come forward, accusing bill cosby of sexual assault. and even though the statute of limitations has passed in many of their cases, this does open
one attorney calling what happened today the best christmas present they ever received. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: tonight, a host of women who claim to have been assaulted by bill cosby, even decades ago, may suddenly feel vindicated. >> now, it's time for him to be sorry. >> reporter: it was andrea constand's case that prompted 13 other women to come forward to her attorneys with their own allegations of sexual assault, offering to testify on her behalf. now prosecutors could turn to those accusers to strengthen their criminal case. since their cases were never prosecuted, pennsylvania law may allow them to testify as witnesses in a sexual assault case. in the deposition for constand's case released over the summer, when cosby was asked if he used quaaludes to illicit consensual sex in the past, he said yes. and since then, the number of women accusing cosby of sexual
the 78-year-old has long denied the allegations. >> i have been in this business 52 years, and i have never seen anything like this. >> reporter: when the embattled comedian sat down with us back in may, he would not discuss the allegations directly. >> and i -- i can't speak. >> reporter: earlier this month, the man once regarded as america's favorite dad fought back, filing a countersuit against seven of his accusers who had filed defamation suits against him. >> we are now taking steps in order to right a wrong. >> reporter: the statute of limitations for pressing criminal charges has expired for most of the accusers, but several civil suits are in the works. >> seeing him criminally charged and having to face a trial is the best christmas present that they have ever received. >> reporter: this philadelphia hotel is where cosby was deposed in the constand case. several of his alleged victims are saying today, they're hopeful that prosecutors can use that case to put cosby behind bars. david? >> linsey davis on this case from the start.
and now, to the weather emergency unfolding tonight, with new year's eve almost here. families trapped on top of their homes, drivers caught in their cars. 19 states now under flood watches and warnings tonight. look at this. this is interstate 44 outside st. louis, disappearing right there in the middle under the water. meteorologist rob marciano with the dramatic rescues tonight, and the next system now he's watching for new year's. >> reporter: tonight, already swollen missouri rivers still rising. news helicopters catching dramatic rescues. first responders using a ladder truck to rescue this man from high water. the man on that roof with his dog told rescuers he'd been there all night. hundreds of homes evacuated. federal officials watching at least 19 major levees for possible breaches. more than 200 state roads shut down for miles. >> it's pretty unreal. this is supposed to be two major highways. >> reporter: interstate 44, a major artery, carrying 100,000 cars a day. entire towns like sherman cut
>> this is the first time in 77 years this has ever happened, according to my grandmother. >> reporter: the flooding already blamed for at least 20 deaths in missouri and illinois alone. most killed in cars, driving on flooded roadways. 20,000 without water, after flood watters overpowered this treatment plant. you're going to be without water for how long? >> i have a 4-year-old and a 6-month-old baby. so -- it's going to be fun. >> reporter: missouri's national guard called up. here, manning the sandbags. >> and rob marciano with us now from valley park, missouri, tonight. and rob, you were telling me, the water is still rising tonight? >> reporter: yeah, and rising quickly. this is the merimack river behind me. it's almost up to those traffic lights. it will continue to rise and crest later on tonight at all-time record levels. one of many large rivers that feeding into the mississippi. we have the missouri, the ohio, the arkansas. all have to drain, so, we're going to see flooding issues up and down the mississippi for the next couple weeks, david. >> meantime, rob, you are also tracking that rain through new year's eve. and the cold temperatures on the way? >> reporter: yeah, the southeast has been getting hammered with
we've got flood watches and warnings there from the florida panhandle all the way up to virginia, along a stalled frontal boundary. so, more rain expected the next 12 hours. tapering off somewhat tomorrow night. rest of the country really for new year's eve looks to be pretty dry. look at the temperatures around midnight. 40 in new york, below freezing, though, in detroit, to st. louis, to the north and west, where it will be chilly across the intermountain west. here in the st. louis area, it will be cold, david, but the good news is, no rain forecast for at least the first week of the new year. >> that is good news. rob marciano in missouri for us again tonight. rob, thank you. we turn now to breaking developments involving the taker on the run with his mother, found in mexico. and tonight, there is now word coming in at this hour that the mother is now being sent back to the u.s. her son, allowed to stay in mexico, at least for now. and the new video seen first here on abc news of ethan couch, his hair dyed black in disguise, at a local market, shortly before he and his mother were caught. abc's matt gutman in mexico tonight, on the call to domino's pizza that led authorities straight to them. >> reporter: tonight, another
a mexican court staying his deportation to face a texas judge for alleged probation violations. the teen fugitive lawyer s keeping him in this center. tonight, he was moved. his mother, not as lucky. tonya couch, considered an accomplice, bundled off to the u.s. tonight. >> the case we're filing against her for assisting him and hindering an apprehension in texas is a felony punishable by two to ten years in the penitentiary. >> reporter: couch's american legal team famously invoking an affluenza argument in his sentencing for a drunk driving crash that killed four. saying he was too spoiled to know right from wrong. it seemed to work. he got ten years probation. exclusive video showing the affluent family strolling into a low-end grosser on the seedier side of puerto vallarta.
chatting with the butcher. and, there's ethan. his blond hair and goatee dyed black. casually talking with the butcher. paying with pesos for chicken and casually flipping up his hand to wave good-bye. >> thank you. >> thank you, my friend. >> reporter: two hours later, mexican police swooped in. abc news has learned the pair had burner phones, one of which may have burned them. authorities saying an order to domino's pizza tipped them off to their location. david, ethan couch has spent more time locked up in this immigration detention center than he ever did in a u.s. prison. now, we're told, inmates here sleep on mats on the floor. mexican authorities are telling us, these immigration proceedings could keep him here for weeks. david? >> matt gutman on the scene in mexico. thank you, matt. and matt will take us inside the case. a special one-hour edition of "20/20," friday night, right here, 10:00 eastern/9:00 central. in the meantime tonight, we turn to the race for 2016. donald trump and his new assault on the clintons, saying hillary clinton has a major problem, adding, it's right to in her own home.
clinton is fair game, bringing up monica lewinsky. but there are many pointing to what trump has said about that in the past. abc's cecilia vega on the campaign, every step of the way. >> reporter: tonight, there's just one word to describe it. >> we view this as war. don't we view this as war? >> reporter: in donald trump's direct line of fire? >> hillary is a disaster. hillary doesn't have a clue. she has lower energy than jeb bush. i just have to turn off the television so many times. she just gives me a headache. >> reporter: the gop front runner, who once called former president bill clinton's infidelity "totally unimportant" -- >> they tried to impeach him, which was nonsense. >> reporter: -- now hurling his harshest words yet. >> and she wants to accuse me of things? and the husband's one of the great abusers of the world? give me a break. >> reporter: this heated battle reaching fever pitch. today, in south carolina, trump supporters showing up by the thousands. last night, trump opening up his private plane, trump force one -- >> try not to scratch the woodwork. watch the ceiling, please. >> reporter: but the twice-divorced billionaire opening up his own private life
indiscretions fair game in this >> yes, they would be. >> reporter: tonight, the clintons not commenting. but how far this former group of friends has fallen. know hillary, she'd make a great president or vice president." but now, in an election year, this -- >> i love the concept -- i love, love, love, having a woman president. can't be her. she's horrible. she's horrible. >> reporter: and bill clinton his first solo trip for his wife. trump will be just 20 miles away this may be just the beginning >> cecilia vega with us tonight. there is another headline we're following on the campaign trail. secret service agents, assigned to keep candidates safe. in this case, assigned to a abc's linzie janis is in new hampshire. >> reporter: this is what's left of the ford taurus that was carrying four secret service agents who were on duty,
the agents, two men and two women, were driving down this new hampshire highway during a snowstorm last night, when the driver of a vehicle in the oncoming lane crossed over double yellow lines, hitting them. >> two ambulances requested. motor vehicle crash with entrapment. >> reporter: this is a head-on collision? >> that's correct. yeah. so, both vehicles collided with each ore, and then spun off of each other. >> reporter: all the victims, including those four agents, had to be cut out of their vehicles. the driver of the car that caused the crash, 45-year-old bruce danforth, died on the scene. police say danforth, who has previous arrests for drugs, was driving on a suspended license. today, hillary clinton giving her condolences to the victims, and saying she's grateful every day for the secret service. david, this is where the accident happened. three of those agents have already been released from a local hospital. one remains in a boston area hospital tonight. david? >> linzie janis in new hampshire. thank you, linzie.
threats of a possible terror attack forcing authorities to cancel new year's eve fireworks in brussels. the decision today following the arrest of two terror suspects accused of plotting to attack police, soldiers and huge crowds celebrating the holidays. authorities saying the plan may have been inspired by isis. meantime, back here at home tonight, the countdown to new year's eve is on. 1 million people expected in new york city's times square. abc's gio benitez tonight on the unprecedented security there. >> reporter: tonight, with just over 24 hours until the big night, security tightening ahead of new year's eve celebrations across the nation, following worldwide threats by isis and other terror groups. in new york city, an estimated 1 million revelers expected to pack into about 20 blocks in an around times square. >> we are not aware of any threat at this time that we deem credible. >> reporter: but they are not taking any chances. the nypd deploying 6,000 heavily armed officers throughout times
and the police presence won't just be down there in times square. the nypd will have helicopters in the air and officers on rooftops monitoring the festivities below. about 20,000 smartphones were handed out to officers this year, so they can share information or pictures quickly about potential threats, helping them keep everyone here safe. and david, with these security measures, authorities here say new york city, on new year's eve, will be the safest place in the world. david? >> gio, thank you so much. and join ryan seacrest and the team right here on abc's "new years rockin' eve" beginning at 8:00 eastern/7:00 central, right here. i'll be watching. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the fbi on the scene tonight of a fiery plane crash, straight into a downtown building. the husband who allegedly flew his plane right into his wife's office building and then hitting another building, too. authorities on the scene and we'll have much more. the headline just coming in. the passenger plane making an emergency landing, flying into heavy turbulence.
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but as crews remove the wreckage of the small cessna, some unusual clues or coincidences. the pilot, doug demarest, a member of the civil air patrol, which is an auxiliary of the u.s. air force, took the plane around 6:00 in the morning without authorization. and he struck is building where his wife, katherine demarest, works as a lawyer. she was not in the building at the time. from the damage, it appears the plane flew in from the west, hit that first building where the wife works, then crashed into a second building, bursting into flames. also, neighbors say police and medics were at the couple's home the night before the crash. authorities say no one was taken to the hospital, and no crime had been committed. an aviation investigator is quoted as saying evidence warranted bringing in the fbi, but david, no one is saying what that evidence is. >> all right, david kerley on the investigation tonight. david, thank you. when we come back here, word of another air scare tonight, happening just moments ago. the emergency landing. the severe turbulence. passengers now being rushed to the hospital, as you can see. we'll have much more as it comes
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thank you for watching here on a wednesday night. i'm david muir. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night.the fbi is stepping up its efforts to catch this man.. who vandalized a spring valley mosque with bacon. find out how you can help track him down. plus... getting ready for one of the biggest fireworks shows in the country.. tomorrow night on the las vegas strip. we'll tell you what's being done to keep everyone safe. but we begin with breaking news. metro is investigating the discovery of a body right now near mile marker-22 along state nhp received the call just before 5pm. police sources tell us the initial investigation suggests
but no official word at this time. as soon as we get more information.. we'll pass it along. last minute security preps are underway right now ahead of tomorrow night's new year's eve celebrations in las vegas.. including more than 100 nevada national guard soldiers. between the airport and the strip - they will be patrolling from now until the party is over. action news reporter gina lazara is live at mccarran right now. gina what's their plan to keep us safe? the plan is for these 100 plus soldiers to assist metro in keeping things in oder tomorrow night. 70 or so soldiers will be out on the strip.....scattered between mandalay bay all the way down to the stratosphere. the presence of the seven dozen soldiers is supposed to help discourage trouble. they are working as an add-on to metro's already set-in-stone security plan. that means they will be able to communicate easily on the same radio channel..... making it easy to go where they need to go...should there be an issue.